Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water!” – John 4:13-15
…Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” John 4:31-34
It may not be obvious from the photographs, but we’re experiencing a bit of a drought here in Wake Forest. It’s been two and a half weeks since any rain fell and we’re beginning to feel it.
This is one reason I went out this morning to grab some pictures in the back garden. We enjoyed a beautiful spring, with cool temperatures and ample rain – so much so that we anticipated a spectacular display of hydrangea blooms. But now I’m worried that the excessive heat and pervasive drought will spoil everything.
Water and Word:
But then there is the watering. We understand, of course, that a couple of garden hoses can never replicate a good rain, but it’s remarkable nonetheless how plants respond to a good soaking.
To my imaginative spirit, watching Rebekah in the garden, watering looks a lot like preaching.
Like the shrubs and flowers we need to be planted in good soil, with ample fresh air to breath, exposed to enough light, and close to water.
- Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”
- Jesus said: “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
- “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water!”
Jesus offers living water in a thirsty land, good soil, and nourishment for our souls – DEREK